Prebiotics are related to the promotion and growth of beneficial micro-organisms that make up part of the resident microbiota of the mouth. Probiotics have to do with viable microorganisms of the intestinal microbiota. Working together, prebiotics and probiotics play a significant role in oral health, intestinal health and overall body health...
Probiotics are living organisms in foods, and prebiotics are the non-digestible carbohydrates (like fiber) that feed the probiotics. We get probiotics into our system by eating yogurt, fermented foods, as well as certain cheeses. These living bacteria or yeast organisms help fight against intestinal infections. Probiotics have also been known to lessen the severity of colds and the flu.
Probiotic bacteria are designed to help improve and balance our intestines. Probiotic bacteria need food, which is where prebiotics come in. Not only will prebiotics help probiotics multiply and do their job, but they also help to strengthen our immune system as well. From improving gut health to enhancing our immune system and even inhibiting cancer, prebiotic foods help to keep our systems running smoothly.
"Prebiotics enhancing the growth of resident commensal gut bacteria (good bacteria) is well documented."
Probiotics are also known to prevent adhesion of pathogens to host tissues, stimulate mucosal immune system, improve intestinal barrier integrity, and kill or inhibit the growth of pathogens formed by bacteria. Together, prebiotics and probiotics help to make our internal systems healthy and able to fight off disease.
"Probiotics do not work in the mouth, that is why prebiotics are so important. These necessary bacteria work to improve oral care by adding more beneficial microbes to our mouths. Without prebiotics, it is difficult to maintain the balance that is required to keep our mouths in an optimal state of health."
Prebiotics and Probiotics Prevent Diseases!
There is great potential for prebiotics and probiotics in prevention and treatment of both oral diseases and other related diseases of the body. There are some estimates that up to 80 percent of systemic disease are first manifest in the mouth. This includes everything from blood problems, including leukemia, to diabetes and fungal and bacterial infections that have systemic components outside of the mouth.
"We can help ourselves greatly by nurturing and not destroying the microbes in our mouth (most toothpaste and mouthwash kill all oral microbes)."
Maintaining oral health is to properly attend to our oral microbiome. Achieving oral health is really the result of promoting proper balance among the bacteria in your mouth.